Prep Notes- Numbers February 26, 2009

As basketball playoffs begin, it’s time to play baseball

Prep basketball season is starting to get interesting.

The first round of the state playoffs have started, and as basketball winds down, other sports are just beginning.

One week from today, the Bill Fanning Classic baseball tournament begins.

The annual high school tournament brings Front Range teams to play against the four Grand Valley schools.

The tournament begins March 5 with Grand Junction against Golden at Suplizio Field (10 a.m.) and Fruita Monument taking on Coronado at Canyon View Park (10 a.m.). The afternoon session has Central playing Woodland Park at Suplizio Field (1 p.m.) and Palisade facing Elizabeth at Canyon View Park (1 p.m.).

The Fanning Classic continues March 6 and March 7.

Central action

The Central boys basketball team is the only Grand Valley team in action tonight, hosting Northglenn in the first round of the Class 5A playoffs.

The Norse are improved from a 3-18 season in 2008 to finish with 12 wins this season.

Central’s 19 wins are the most this decade for the Warriors.  After finishing with one win in coach Phil Cain’s first season, to get to 20 wins this season would be a big accomplishment.
final rankings

In the final Rocky Mountain News prep basketball rankings of the season, the Western Slope was well represented. On the boys side, Glenwood Springs is ranked No. 7 in Class 4A and Aspen finished No. 3 in Class 3A. Meeker and Crested Butte both came in at No. 3 in 2A and 1A, respectively.

On the girls side, Montrose’s two-loss season help them end the year at No. 4 in Class 4A and Olathe ends at No. 10 at 3A. The Paonia girls team finished in the top 10 at No. 3 in 2A.

Crested Butte’s girls team ends at No. 9 in 1A. 


GOOD BLOODLINE

Diehard wrestling fans attending the Class 5A Region 4 tournament at Central may have noticed a familiar face in the coaches corner during Liberty 215-pounder Cole Jackson’s matches.

Jackson, the top-ranked wrestler in the division at the tournament, was being coached by his father, Kevin.

Kevin Jackson was the gold-medal winner in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics at 180.5 pounds.


HONORS

At the annual State Track and Field Clinic on Feb. 7, former School District 51 Athletic Director Dennis Teeters was recognized for his contributions to the sport.

Teeters continues to be an official starter and meet official for local high school track meets during the spring.


ALUMNI UPDATE

Former Central wrestler Sean White is competing for defending NCAA Division III champion Wartburg College as a 133-pound junior.

White had compiled an 18-10 record at last week’s completion of the regular season.

The Waverly, Iowa, school, which has won 132 consecutive dual meets, is wrestling this week in the Iowa Conference championships.


NUMBERS

49: Number of turnovers in the Palisade girls basketball team’s 65-35 first round-loss to
Wheat Ridge.

49: Free throws attempted by the Paonia boys basketball team in its 66-57 victory Friday over
De Beque.

55: Combined points from Coal Ridge’s Andy Smedra (22) and Eric Schmitz (23) in Tuesday night’s 79-55 Class 3A district first-round win over Basalt.

23.2: Amy Kame’s scoring average heading into Central’s playoff game Friday night.

3: Eagle Valley’s halftime lead against No. 6 seed Pueblo County, 29-26. The Devils lost 49-44.


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